The Toronto Maple Leafs have done the impossible (or what seemed to be the impossible just day ago) and have traded David Clarkson to the Columbus Blue Jackets!

The Toronto Maple Leafs have shipped F David Clarkson to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for F Nathan Horton. The Leafs do not retain any salary in this deal as many have speculated they may have to do in any trade for the high-priced winger.

Nathan Horton has a similar salary and term but could cost nothing on the cap while on long-term injured reserve.



NHL Live on Clarkson/Horton trade

Leafs GM Dave Nonis talked about the salary cap and how this deal is beneficial for the Leafs.

“Cap space is available to us. It doesn’t mean that you have to use it,” Nonis said. “That’s the one thing I think that’s important for us to look at, as well. It’s available space as we move forward and allows us to possibly take advantage of opportunities as the summer progresses or even the next year in the event that Nathan can’t play.”

Nonis had nothing bad to say about the effort Clarkson brought in his time as a Leaf.

“I know he did whatever he could to be a successful Maple Leaf, and I don’t blame him for anything that happened here,” Nonis said. “He showed flashes. There were moments where we had the David that we hoped to have. But overall it was probably disappointing for both sides, and I do believe he’s going to go there and play well.”

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen hopes the one-time 30-goal scorer can help get Columbus back in the playoff picture by next season.

“He’ll fit out needs and our group perfectly,” Kekalainen told reporters at a news conference in Columbus. “We now have a piece of the puzzle in place.”

Photo credit: USAToday

Video Credit: NHL Network


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